Southern Female Roles Subject of MA Thesis Exhibition

painting of a jar of pickles
Zoe Fitch, Canning Season, (detail) 2020,
acrylic and pastel on canvas.

The University of Alabama department of art and art history is proud to present the Master of Arts thesis exhibition of Zoe Fitch in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art. It’s Canning Season will run from March 22 to May 7, 2021. Preview the exhibition on

Using the mediums of painting, clay, collage and screen printing, Fitch, an Oxford, Mississippi native, illustrates traditions associated with Southern domestic female gender roles, incorporating pieces of her personal history into her art practice as an exploration of her identity.

Fitch received a BFA in art from the University of Mississippi. She holds a teaching assistantship and serves as the instructor of record for ART 216 (Painting) and has assisted in 2D design courses. In 2020, Fitch’s paintings Mississippi Migrant Mother and Bless Your Heart were juried into The In Art Gallery’s Painting Exhibition, by juror Hagit Barkai. Her work has appeared in several recent exhibitions including the 2021 Graduate Student Pop-Up Exhibition, and the Fall Graduate Student Show in 2019. Her art website is here.

Fitch is a co-curator in the concurrent 14 SELECT(IONS), also on display in the Sarah Moody Gallery of Art from March 22 to May 7.

For more information about The University of Alabama’s programs in art history and studio art, visit our Degree Programs page.

Visiting the Gallery during the COVID-19 Pandemic

The SMGA is an essential part of the education and development of UA students and our community. Admission to the gallery is free. Hours are Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00-4:30 p.m. The gallery is open to the public with reduced capacity during the COVID-19 pandemic. Visitors must wear face coverings inside the gallery and maintain a minimum distance of six feet from others. The gallery is limited to fifteen (15) visitors at a time. Have questions or need assistance? Call (205) 348-1891. Visit the SMGA exhibitions on Flickr.

Funding support for the Sarah Mood­­­y Gallery of Art comes from the department of art and art history and the College of Arts and Sciences. Additional support comes from the Farley Moody Galbraith Endowed Exhibition Fund. The gallery is located at 103 Garland Hall in the heart of UA campus on Woods Quad. Information about visitor parking is available on the UA Parking Services website. Parking is free on campus in a legal space after business hours.